The current director is reorganizing NCI, giving special attention to the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science, and is reportedly interested in improving the quality of care provided to poor, ethnic minority, and elderly populations with cancer.
The fundamental questions mentioned above will continue to be asked in a variety of ways. From the perspective of this committee, however, the question can be framed as follows: Is there a strategic plan for reducing the numbers of deaths from cancer among poor and minority individuals, and when can results be expected?
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